Strafe, To

To Strafe had several different meanings. To punish. To hit hard. An attack, heavy bombardment etc. A unit in action which had suffered serious casualties was said to have been "strafed." To be reprimanded was to be "strafed." It was also used ash an expression of good humoured contempt or impatience, for example: "Oh strafe it!"[1]

References / notes[edit | edit source]

  1. Edward Fraser and John Gibbons (1925). Soldier and Sailor Words and Phrases. Routledge, London p.272.

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The above term is listed in our glossary of words and phrases of the Armed Forces of Great Britain during the Great War. Included are trench slang, service terms, expressions in everyday use, nicknames, the titles and origins of British and Commonwealth Regiments, and warfare in general. These words and phrases are contemporary to the war, which is reflected in the language used. They have been transcribed from three primary sources (see Contents). Feel free to expand upon and improve this content.
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